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Flowless

Flowless

Male, 33 years old, lives in Van Nuys, United States

Flowless

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

 

Discussion? Thoughts? Anyone bought it yet?

Killerpiece
  • Feb 19, 2013, 9:12:24 PM
Killerpiece

Have you bought it yet? i kinda wanna get it

Flowless
  • Feb 19, 2013, 9:29:23 PM
Flowless

Although I posted this 4 months ago, I actually did go out and buy a 3DS and the game. It feels like the other DS harvest moons that came out recently (Tale of Two Towns and Grand Bazaar) in that there are daily tasks you'll be doing that almost feel repetitive. Although that is a negative point, some people might have actually enjoyed that type of gameplay.

Flowless
  • Feb 19, 2013, 9:34:16 PM
Flowless

On the plus side, this game actually feels packed with content. There are so many activities you can do, different ways you can earn money. The game actually overwhelmed me (and I've heard others say the same) because of the sheer amount of options you have and the quickness of the passing time. There are tons of progression routes, you can aim to win contests (there are lots, and different leagues/difficulties and categories, ie: vegetables, animal produce) then there are also best animal festivals, bee keeping is a new activity in this one, although I haven't accessed yet, You can design a garden area for supplemental income. Rebuilding the town is a sidequest throughout your normal farming activities too, and that keeps you busy as well.

 

THe customizing is also quite pleasant and feels fun and adds to the game experience. My only gripe so far was that Spring of year 1 is like a long tutorial, but afterwards, the game opens up (almost too much!) and you get overwhelmed pretty quick.

 

Heres the run down of my day so far in the middle of Summer Year 1. Water all my plants in the morning, Talk to my 4 cows, brush them, milk 3 (one is calf), push them out of barn one by one (this takes long until you get to the point where a pet store moves in, then animals help you herd animals automatically), go to chicken coop, make sure they have food outside, collect eggs, pick them up, take them outside, and then water my plants. BY then it's already 11am!!!

Flowless
  • Feb 19, 2013, 9:37:19 PM
Flowless

After that, you do the usual HM stuff, talk to neighbors/explore wilderness for collectables, etc. It's pretty crazy though, because sometimes you have to pick either option and wont have time for both. I like to alternate days.

 

But I digress, the game is pretty legit content wise. Sometimes the days feel repetitive, if you fall into a good routine. Another gripe seems to be that many of the marriage candidates don't move into town from the start, so you need to progress the story line to see them all. I think they changed some of the features of the dating sim portion, like now you have to get into a commited relationship to get further along with a person, instead of just gift>gift>gift> sudden marriage.

 

It's a cool game though. It'll hold me over till RF4 comes to NA. Thank you based Xseed for localizing.

 

Sorry I wrote a wall of text. Figured it would be best to be thorough and let you make an informed decision.

Killerpiece
  • Feb 19, 2013, 10:10:33 PM
Killerpiece

Wall of text = good

I think Im going to definitely try it out since the problem i had with the past Harvest Moons is the lack of content that I felt. This one seems interesting

Alsois Rune Factory good?

Flowless
  • Feb 19, 2013, 10:22:52 PM
Flowless

Rune Factory is a great series if you like Harvest Moon. It's technically a Harvest Moon game mixed with a traditional Action RPG that involves crafting your own gear. The game plays out like this: You live in a hub city: You find various dungeons (usually connected to a season, since you can grow things in those dungeons along with your typical farm plot in town) > Level up and gain stats > Craft your own gear dropped from monsters + things you scavenge or grow > Follow story. In between that, you can do all the typical Harvest Moon stuff like talk to villagers and befriend them, get married, grow crops on your farm, raise animals (in some Rune Factories, maybe all not sure, you can have your animals join you in a dungeon and help you fight or you can ride them) and upgrade your homestead for wife and kids along with other crafting stations like a forge and alchemy labs and such.

 

I highly recommend the Rune Factory series. The best one so far is on the DS: Rune Factory 3. Theres a PS3/Wii version called Rune Factory Oceans. The first 2 were on the DS also, and then a Wii only release called Rune Factory Frontier which was a great entry in the series also. I've heard the DS ones were the best hands down, but I haven't started the series on the wii and then followed it on the DS.

 

Definately worth checking out if you love Harvest Moon games.

Yamichan16
  • Jun 3, 2013, 3:55:02 AM
Yamichan16

For HM hand held game it's pretty good. There are some flaws with it, but all pros make up for the cons. The ability to customize your town is just awesome! Just be prepare to become a hoarder.

myrulz
  • Jun 5, 2013, 8:57:04 PM
myrulz

HM had improve over these past years... from mineral town to wonderful life and now this.. i have to say.. this game take a whole new meaning to HM.. first lets ignore the customization of towns since its a new feature.. what im talking about is the farming.. you know. a wide variety of crops such as rice or paddy field,mango and the livestock from the classic cow,sheep and chicken now u got yaks, alpacas and llama.. and if dat isnt enough u can get bees unlike the previous game these bees are hard workers you just have to wait 6 days for the honey and fishing have greatly improve in this game..and if the farm life isnt enough to get u buy the game there are many other feature in the game such as the town customization,and a whole bunch of stuff which i forgot most of them haha.. since i focus more on the farm life aspect in every HM..its a shame that natsume did not put life stage system or feature or whatever u wanna call it ... like in wonderful life.. its a great game..

rockman20xx
  • Aug 8, 2013, 8:49:26 PM
rockman20xx

Who's getting Harvest Moon for Virtual Console on their Wii U?

youtube.com/watch/?v=Nr-z5ioSrZQ

FierceDeity
  • Aug 27, 2013, 2:31:52 AM
FierceDeity

The marriage system is almost perfect in this one, and I say almost perfect because of one thing, it added a dating stage, but the only way to get out of dating is to lower there heart to grey and not talk to them for a whole season, which is a pain if you change your mind or want to get all the scenes you can. Also it has a very slow start (getting bricks at the start is a huge pain) also the mining being dumbed down really disappointed me, I dont see why they couldnt have had mines similar to harvest moon DS (Totally insane and time consuming but super fun) and had it available at the start of the game